For Those Who Love a Parade... [PIC]
The 1970 Shanghai Motors SH761 Parade Car was an open top reviewing car, unlike the closed top with an opening for party dignitaries to stand and be heard with 3 mics just in front of the opening. The special rear seat could fold on itself to raise the seat above the body with handgrips so the VIP could hold on and wave to the crowd. Four of these were made and years later, 2 more appeared without explanation to reside in government museums with different grills and interior burl wood trim. The impressive looking limo was only powered the 90hp 2.2 liter 6 from the much smaller SH760 sedan. But the car was meant for 5 mph parades so no great loss. One curious thing: Despite the large expanse of rear deck, there's no trunk in the two museum pieces.
I am not familiar with many of these attractive models. Who does this model ?
@mikedetorrice It was commissioned by the Shanghai based SAIC conglomerate. Was it an in house vendor? I don't know. Most of these Chinese car models were commissioned by the 1:1 manufacturer including many earlier models by FAW (First Automobile Works).
This is one of those models that I just like.
Oversimplified in some areas but overall, pretty damn cool. I think my growing up, watching Godzilla movies instilled an affection for these Asian (Chinese, Japanese) "official looking cars."
Years ago, I read where some of these models were not quite 1/18 scale, perhaps closer to 1/20 and that's why I passed on a few of these. Rich, is this parade-limo one such model? Is it actually 1/18th?
@chris The only one I have that's not in the traditional scales is the Dong Feng "Golden Dragon" CA71 which is 1/20. There was a 1/18 Dong Feng that was ridiculously expensive... the hood ornament was real gold. It was China's first automobile.
@rich-sufficool Yep! I knew of that one being 1/20.
Glad to hear the black parade car is 1/18.
"Real Gold?" What the heck! 😬 😬
@chris Yeah. It was in the $300 range back when that could get you 2 CMCs.